Arrest photo of Alyssa L. Shepherd, 24, rural Rochester, IN

Rural Rochester – Yesterday, at approximately 4:09 p.m. an investigation by officers from the Indiana State Police resulted in the arrest of Alyssa L. Shepherd, 24, rural Rochester, IN. She was arrested at her place of employment, in Rochester, IN, when officers served her with a Fulton Superior Court arrest warrant. The warrant alleged three felony charges for reckless homicide and a misdemeanor count for passing a school bus, with the stop arm extended, causing injury. She was being held in the Fulton County Jail with a surety bond of $15,000.

This morning at approximately 7:15 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle crash which resulted in the deaths of three elementary age children, and critical injuries to an 11-year-old boy.

The preliminary crash investigation revealed that Robert Reid, 46, Claypool, IN, was driving a 2015 Thomas school bus, northbound on State Road 25. Reid stopped the school bus in front of a mobile home park at 4684 North State Road 25. He activated the buses’ stop arm and exterior lighting, as he was picking up children from the west side of the road. As children crossed the road, to get on the bus, four children were allegedly hit by a southbound 2017 Toyota Tacoma, driven by Alyssa Shepherd, 24, rural Rochester, IN.

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Peru – Recently, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter announced the reclassification of Master Trooper Mike Lorona to the position of detective. Lorona is a fifteen year veteran of the Indiana State Police Department. He earned his assignment into the Criminal Investigation Division through written testing and a competitive oral interview process. Detective Lorona will work from the Indiana State Police Peru Post which is responsible for Cass, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Miami, Tipton, and Wabash Counties.

Detective Lorona graduated from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in April 2003 and was assigned to the Indiana State Police Peru Post, where he worked road patrol primarily in Miami County.

Prior to his new assignment, Lorona was assigned to the Indiana State Police Peru Post All Crimes Policing Team. He has served as the meth suppression officer at the Indiana State Police Peru Post and currently serves as a member of the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Enforcement Team. In 2015, Lorona was selected as the Trooper of the District for the Indiana State Police Peru Post.

Arrest photo of David Bradley Holt, 50, Logansport, IN

Peru – This morning, a criminal investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Josh Maller resulted in the arrest of David Bradley Holt, 50, Logansport, IN. Holt was a former chief financial officer for Thrush Company Inc. in Peru, IN. He was arrested this morning when Maller served him with a Miami Superior Court II arrest warrant alleging 24 felony charges for theft.

In August 2018, Detective Maller started an investigation after receiving information of possible embezzlement, by Holt, of money from Thrush Company Inc.

The investigation revealed Holt, as the chief financial officer for Thrush Company Inc., had control over the company’s payroll inputs. From 2013 until July of 2018, Holt allegedly used multiple methods to embezzle funds from the company. Some of the purported methods included paying over the amount of his approved payroll, using the company credit card for personal expenses, and writing himself checks from the company account. The money was purportedly used for his personal gain.

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Bunker Hill – This morning at approximately 8:00 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 31, at Miami County Road 800 South, in which three people were injured.

The preliminary crash investigation by Indiana State Police Trooper Adam Moor revealed that Zachary Straub, 17, Peru, IN was driving a 2003 Buick Regal southbound on U.S. 31, near Miami County Road 800 South. Straub turned eastbound, attempting to cross the northbound lanes of U.S. 31, onto County Road 800 South. For an undetermined reason, Straub pulled into the path of a northbound 2001 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Jeffrey Crockett, 39, Indianapolis, IN. The Buick was struck in the passenger side by the Chevrolet. Both vehicles rolled onto their roofs and came to rest in a ditch on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Crockett and Straub were both transported to Dukes Memorial Hospital, in Peru, with non-life threatening injuries. Austin Straub, 14, Peru, IN, a passenger in the Buick, had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters from the Grissom and Pipe Creek Fire Departments. He was flown from the crash, by Lutheran Medical Helicopter, to Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne. At last check, he was listed in critical condition.

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Indiana - On Saturday, October 27th, 2018 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring the 16th nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative. The “Take Back” initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs.

Collection sites will be set up nationwide for expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs which will be properly disposed of without threat to the environment. This program is for liquid and pill medications. Needles, new or used, will not be accepted for disposal. This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Miami County Arrest Photo of Dustin Day, 35 of Peru

Peru – Friday afternoon, a criminal investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Brent Ingram led to the arrest of Dustin Day, 35, Peru, IN. Day was arrested at 40092 Matt-Neal Road, Norwood, NC. Officers from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, assisted by the Stanley County Sheriff’s Office, served Day with a Cass County, IN arrest warrant alleging felony charges for rape and kidnapping.

On August 7, 2018, Detective Ingram initiated an investigation after a 26-year-old Tippecanoe County woman reported that Day had allegedly raped her. The crime purportedly occurred in Cass County, IN.

The investigation revealed that on August 6, 2018, Day allegedly entered the woman’s car, uninvited, near her Tippecanoe County residence. He was purportedly armed with a handgun. Day allegedly drove the purported victim to a rural Cass County road and raped her. He is also alleged to have held her against her will for approximately 17 hours.

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Miami County – Saturday at approximately 10:59 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 31 at State Road 218, in which a Bunker Hill, IN woman died.

A preliminary crash investigation by Trooper Adam Moor revealed that Mary Stamper, 78, Bunker Hill, IN was driving a 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette van westbound on State Road 218, approaching U.S. 31. For an undetermined reason, the van pulled onto U.S. 31 and collided with a northbound 2016 International semi-tractor. The semi-tractor, which was driven by Julio Munoz, 47, Muncie, IN was pulling a box trailer.

Munoz was not injured. Stamper was transported by ambulance to Dukes Memorial Hospital. Unfortunately, she succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.

Arrest photos of Christian Shultz, 28, Jacinda Shultz, 39, and Jacob Markley, 33, all of Peru, IN

Peru – Tuesday, a criminal investigation by officers from the Indiana State Police and the Indiana State Excise Police Department led to the arrests of two Miami County residents.

Officers initiated an investigation after receiving a citizen’s tip that possible illegal drug activity was occurring at 2010 Shaw Ave, in the Eagles Point housing addition. During the course of the investigation, officers developed probable cause to obtain to a Miami Circuit Court search warrant for the property. During a subsequent search of the residence, officers allegedly found marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and two firearms. There were also three children, ages 12, 13, and 14, at the home. They were released into the care of the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Two residents of the home, Christian Shultz, 28 and Jacinda Shultz, 39 were incarcerated in the Miami County Jail. They each face criminal charges for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, and three counts each for child neglect. A third adult, Jacob Markley, 33, Peru, IN was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both with prior convictions.